PAF's Community Archaeology Program (CAP) is a resource for educators hoping to enlighten their students by teaching them about past peoples and cultures. Whether hosting on-site tours of our labs and facilities or bringing our collections and presentations to local schools, CAP is committed to sharing our understanding of archaeology with local educators and students. Our website also serves as a repository of lesson plans and informative videos and images that can help engage students with the past.
In 2020, the National Science Foundation announced that members from the Public Archaeology Facility (PAF), Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership (TLEL), and the Binghamton University Community Schools (BUCS) at Binghamton University received a two-year grant through NSF’s Advanced Informal STEM Learning (AISL) Pilot & Feasibility Program. The team is implementing an afterschool program for middle school students (Grades 6-8) from underserved rural areas. The team is using archaeology as a mechanism to teach the STEM fields of biology, physics, mathematics, and ecology, all disciplines employed daily by archaeologists. Lesson plans developed as part of this grant can be found here.